Liam Livingstone celebrates taking a catch in the deep to dismiss Shahid Afridi

Northamptonshire v Lancashire, NatWest T20 Blast, Final, Edgbaston

Lancashire end long wait for Twenty20 title

There have been many disappointments and much heartbreak along the way, but Lancashire have clinched their first limited-over silverware since 1999 with a 13-run victory over Northamptonshire in the final of the NatWest T20 Blast.

Cheteshwar Pujara acknowledges the applause after making hundred

Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, SSC, 2nd day

Resolute Pujara shines in stop-gap role

Cheteshwar Pujara's century was proof that at times in Test match play, survival need not mean mere tentativeness but the ability to wait for simpler things, like the loose ball

Jos Buttler and Arron Lilley celebrate one of the spinner's two scalps

Hampshire v Lancashire, NatWest T20 Blast, Semi-final, Edgbaston

Lancashire into final as spin dominates in poor spectacle

English cricket's three-for-one Finals Day provided entertainment in the second semi-final worthy of the supermarket discount bin as Lancashire reach the final with a six-wicket victory

Umpire Rob Bailey gives the final signal to leave the field for good

County news

Umpires consider protective head visors

England's first-class umpires, concerned for their own safety in an era of ever-powerful hitting, are examining forms of protection including to the head, the heart and the back of the neck

Muhammad Ghous (second from l-r) leads USA onto the field

ICC town hall meeting in Chicago

Chance to fix USA's organisational problems

With the ICC paving the way for a rare inclusive gathering of US stakeholders, the onus is on administrators to not only act on longstanding issues but lay out a meaningful and structured path, one that will be seriously adhered to, for the future